Pulling Together Pieces

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Tonight’s Lineup

Pierre7, Ramirez6, Rios8, PK3, Quentin dh, AJ2, Viciedo5, Jones9, Beckham4.  Danks pitching.

Beckham Returns!


If you didn’t see this video in the most recent e-newsletter, pretty cool look at the role defense has played for the White Sox so far in 2010.


While it doesn’t get much attention, a group of our players — Scott Linebrink, Mark Buehrle, John Danks, Mark Kotsay and Matt Thornton — visited Bethesda Naval Hospital while the team was in Baltimore.

Here’s a note we received after the visit:

I’m not sure how to get in touch with the players that visited Bethesda Naval Hospital on August 7th, but thanks to them for taking the time to cheer up our wounded warriors. My son is a US Marine and thankfully is not wounded, but a very good friend of his lost both of his legs in Afghanistan and was certainly cheered by the visit and autographs and caps! Thanks for taking the time to do that! You have new life long fans that are surly not going to be fair weather fans!!! Please keep doing this whenever you can. You have NO IDEA how much this means to the men and women who have sacrificed so much. Dave T

And our guys found this posted outside a room at the hospital:


To All Who Enter Here

If you are coming into this room with sorrow or to feel sorry for my wounds, go elsewhere.  The wounds I received, I got in a job I love, doing it for people I love, supporting the friends of a country I deeply love.  I am incredibly tough and will make a full recovery.  What is full?  That is the absolute, utmost physically my body has the ability to recover.  Then I will push that about 20 percent further through sheer mental tenacity.  This room you are about to enter is a room of fun, optimism, and intense rapid regrowth.  If you are not prepared for that, GO ELSEWHERE!


The Management


Chicago White Sox Charities Week

This week is CWS Charities Week at the ballpark, culminating with live on-air auctions on Saturday (WGN-TV) and Sunday (Comcast Sports Net).

Christine O’Reilly, Executive Director of CWS Charities, stopped by the WGN Studios today to talk about the events planned for the next few days.

Tonight, you can stop by the Charities booth in center field and buy game used baseball and lineup cards.

If you donate $100 by August 15, you will receive an autographed photo and be eligible to win the Ultimate VIP White Sox package. 

To donate or for more information, click here.


You may have heard about our first-ever Celebrity Bowling event with the White Sox on August 23.  Sports are going fast, so sign up today by clicking here.

Happy Anniversary

To my wife, Amy, who made the mistake 20 years ago of getting married on August 11 to someone who ended up with a career in baseball.  I’ve told the stories before, but our first anniversary was spent answering the phone in a Baltimore hotel room after Wilson Alvarez’s no-hitter earlier in the day (so much for dinner at Sabatino’s) and our second was ruined by an extra-inning game in Anaheim that foiled dinner on North Beach in SF later that night.  At that point, we quit celebrating on the date and now look for off days!



Wow, what a difference a day can make… Our boys are doing pretty good so far tonight. Awesome play in the first robbing the Twins of a triple, and then CQ’s two-run homer last inning. Let’s just keep it up and reclaim first from the silly Twinkies!!


You need to work on your wording and your sentence structure. Your opening line begins, “To my wife, Amy, who made the mistake 20 years ago of getting married . . . . . .”

In order to prevent Hermie from more work tomorrow stitching up your face, might I suggest the following rewrite — “I’ve often reminded my wonderful and understanding wife Amy that it may not have been her wisest decision to marry a guy committed to a career in baseball . . . . .”

Hermio has enough work on his hands with guys who can actually hit, run, throw and steal a base or two. We don’t need you monopolizing his time.

By the way, if Jordan Danks is as much of a gamer as his older brother, then whatever you do don’t let Kenny ever trade him away!!!!!!

I never thought I’d see the Twinkies make that many errors, but I’m glad we capitalized on them. TCQ is definitely carrying us through this series, and a tip of the cap to Danks for another great performance.

Don’t stop now boys. Go White Sox!

Great job by JohnnyD last night. Good all around win, especially taking advantage of those Twins miscues. Now it’s Gavin’s turn to keep us moving in the right direction.

Nice re-write for Scott, tc, but I notice, you aren’t really looking out for our “fearless leader” as much as you are concerned about his taking away from Herm’s time being spent with him……. Hopefully Amy is as understanding as we all think she is. How about a Monday night dinner Scott? tc and I will send roses or sutures….. depending…….

Only thing left to say is Go Sox’10…….j.k.

Bases loaded, no outs, 3,4 & 5 hitters due up. Let’s see – Rios one hop to the pitcher for a force at home. Konerko – swinging strikeout on a pitch a foot out of the strike zone. Quinten – swinging strikeout on another pitch a foot out of the strike zone. No runs. Another abysmal offensive night. Another loss. Oh yeah, 6 of Lirianos 10 wins are against teams below .500 and two against the Sox. Hm…………

This was a disappointing loss – loading the bases 3 times with no runs. You can’t hold on to first place without clutch hitting, and that seems to have gone missing for our guys.

When Ozzie called for the intentional walk to Mauer, I had a feeling that would be a disaster, and it was. I don’t understand most intentional walks. Why not give the hitter a chance to get himself out? I mean, offer no good pitches to hit, but if the batter wants to swing, let him. He might make an out, and not be on base for the next home run.


I received your gift today at work, and I just want to say I greatly appreciate the magazine you sent me along with the personal note. As an out-of-state White Sox fan who has only been to two White Sox games in my life (1995 and 2005, both in Baltimore, and something I hope to rectify soon), it has been a pleasure reading your blog and getting a taste of the inner workings of the ball club. As I have said before, it has also been great to connect with White Sox fans across the country. You are very welcome for the “travelling baseball” gift, and I’m glad you enjoyed it. I was just lucky to be a small part of it. Thank you again.

Now let’s shake off these last couple days and get those kitties. Go White Sox!

Getting ready to head to the game tonight. The plan was to go early and tailgate, but with this heat and bringing the whole family (my parents included) we thought it may be too hot to tailgate on the blacktop beforehand. So, we’ll be doing some pretailgating at their house before we head to The Cell. Looking forward to seeing some Flying Elvis’, Fireworks, Lots of Elvis look-a-likes, and most looking foward to a White Sox win tonight.

Let’s go get ’em!

I remember Mantle and Maris pounding us almost everytime, when I was little.

I felt the same resignation last night. Can’t we find some help in that area?

Go Sox!

Rain delay so I’m watching the A’s and Twins. A’s have runners on 2nd and third with 1 out … Go Oakland… j.k.

That didn’t work, maybe this inning. The A’s have 10 hit to Minn’s 4…… go figure….

Thank you, Scott for your kind note and the beautiful Sox magazine! I’m happy that you enjoyed your gift. I really appreciate all the “peeks” you give us into the workings of my favorite team in all of sports. And I love the spirit of community we feel on this blog. I hope we are all still here and blogging about our White Sox throughout the whole postseason!

Go SOX!!!


First off, to the Reiferts… Happy 20th Anniversary… A significant occasion, to be sure…

Amy, you knew what you were getting into, marrying a man who works in a branch of “the toy department of life”… and you have stuck it out all these years…Scott, you also know that you will seldom see your wife when her team’s season begins, so it seems to be a “wash”…

As to this homestand to date… I STILL dislike the Piranhas…and I don’t give a rat’s rear apeture(Hi, Dawn…)
what Ozzie calls them… they are a major pain in the festorus (sic)…

For Detroit, I like them much better when they are the toothless Tiges… which they are right now, 101/2 behind the Piranhas, and 9 1/2 behind us…

The “Elvis Night”? … You’ve seen one, you’ve seen them all… and nary a peanut butter and bacon sandwich in the house…

Let’s hope that Mr jackson does as well tonight against his former employer as he did at Comerica… and that the boys continue the onslaught…

One last bit… about the Charities auction…

If I had the necessary wearwithall, I would outbid EVERYBODY from the get-go for the dinner with Hawk and Stone Pony… besides, I would have liked to go down to the Trio Video truck and see if Jim Angio remembers me fromn our days at SportsVision last century… LITERALLY…

But, tragically, since I DON’T… I will wish the winning bid well, because it’s for a very worthwhile cause… White Sox Charities…

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